DATA RELEASE: MAPLight.org California Launches Prop. 26 Page with Daily Campaign Finance Updates from Secretary of State Web Site
MAPLight.org California Launches Prop. 26 Page with Daily Campaign Finance Updates from Secretary of State Web Site
Data categorized by total contributions, top contributors, and contributions by industry
BERKELEY, CA, October 15, 2010--MAPLight.org California, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics, announces the launch of its Proposition 26 page. The page is updated daily with campaign finance data from the California Secretary of State Web site. The data is broken down into support of and opposition to the proposed law and then categorized by total contributions, top contributors, and contributions by industry.
According to the Secretary of State website, "Prop. 26 requires that certain state and local fees be approved by two–thirds vote. Fees include those that address adverse impacts on society or the environment caused by the fee–payer's business." Summary and full text of the proposed law can be found here.
"Ballot measures write laws that California citizens will live under for years to come," said Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org executive director. "California voters deserve to know who is spending millions of dollars to influence laws in our state. MAPLight.org's new Prop. 26 page shines a light on the money fueling the debate surrounding this proposed law."
MAPLight.org researchers have also posted the raw campaign finance data in a downloadable Excel format so journalists can sort and execute their own research. Sign up here to receive update alerts via email.
All campaign finance figures are based on information published by the California Secretary of State.
Editor/Producer note: Please contact Pamela Heisey, 415.299.0898, if you are interested in interviewing Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org's executive director. Video of Mr. Newman can be found here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31510813/#35937156 .
MAPLight.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Berkeley, California. Its mission is to illuminate the connection between Money and Politics (MAP) using its groundbreaking database of campaign contributions and legislative votes. MAPLight.org combines data from the Federal Election Commission, the Center for Responsive Politics, GovTrack.us, the National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP), the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, and other sources to better inform Americans and local and national media about the role of special-interest money in our political system.
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